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Jad Turjman

Born in Damascus in 1989, Turjman studied English literature and worked for the Damascus city administration until fleeing his country in 2014. Settling in Salzburg in 2015, he was employed by the Workers' Samaritan Foundation until 2018 and went on to work for the 'Heroes' project. His first book, “When the jasmine leaves – The story of my escape” (2019), became a success and Turjman has given countless public readings since its publication. He has been performing his first solo show – “Der Flüchtling Ihres Vertrauens” (The refugee of your trust) – since 2019. Most recently published: "Der Geruch der Seele" (Scent of the Soul) (2021), "Wenn der Jasmin wurzeln schlägt" (When the Jasmine Puts Down Roots) (2022).



Coverabbildung von 'Wenn der Jasmin auswandert / Wenn der Jasmin Wurzeln schlägt'

Jad Turjman Karim El-Gawhary (Afterword by) Doris Brandl (Afterword by) Vladimir Vertlib (Afterword by) - Wenn der Jasmin auswandert / Wenn der Jasmin Wurzeln schlägt

Zwei Bücher in einem Band.

Vom Verlust einer Heimat und dem Finden einer neuen: Jad Turjmans Bericht hat Tausende Leser*innen bewegt, nun liegt er erstmals in einem Band vor. Wie viele junge Syrer flieht Jad Turjman 2014 vor der Einberufung in Assads Armee nach Europa, um dem sicheren Tod zu entrinnen. Sein Weg ist gefahrvoll und mühsam, und es wird noch Jahre dauern, bis er die Traumata von Flucht und Folter verarbeiten kann. In Österreich angekommen, findet er ein neues Zuhause, endlich kann er den Jasmin, nach dem er sich seit seiner Flucht aus Damaskus sehnt, neu pflanzen. Doch er reflektiert auch ironisch über die Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten der Kulturen, über die Fettnäpfchen, in die er getreten ist, und über die Rassismen, mit denen er konfrontiert ist.

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Jad Turjman Karim El-Gawhary (Foreword by) Vladimir Vertlib (Afterword by) - When the Jasmine Puts Down Roots

How I learned to find home within myself

In "When the Jasmine Puts Down Roots", Jad Turjman explains what happened to him after he successfully fled Syria and made a new home in Austria. He reflects on the differences and commonalities between the two cultures, the linguistic gaffes that Syrians learning German can make, and the racism that has sometimes confronted him. Of course, Austrians and their quirks also come under the microscope, and his outsider’s viewpoint is often highly illuminating. Turjman explores how a person can process traumatic events and describes his personal experience of therapy. The follow-up to his bestselling "When the Jasmine Leaves" is multi-layered, humorous and profound.

Coverabbildung von 'Der Geruch der Seele'


A story of love in times of war and revolution

It's 2010 and the vibrant city of Damascus is full of life, but it’s the calm before the storm. Tarek, a Sunni Muslim, falls in love with Sanaa, who is Alevi. Against all odds, the two become a couple. But their secret meetings abruptly end when Tarek is called up. Through the military, he becomes entangled in acts of violence and antiques smuggling. He succeeds in fleeing to Europe, but when Sanaa tries to follow him, she is kidnapped by the IS and locked up. What Sanaa suffers in the IS prisons is based on authentic experiences, as Turjman cleverly weaves together fact and fiction to create a breathtaking novel that is highly relevant to our times.

Coverabbildung von 'Wenn der Jasmin auswandert'

Jad Turjman Karim El-Gawhary (Foreword by) - When the Jasmine leaves

The story of my escape

There is a longing. A longing for a certain sensation, for a home town called Damascus, for the smell of jasmine. Jad Turjman is a young Syrian who enjoys his life to the full until war breaks out. When his call-up order arrives, he is quick to decide: fleeing to Europe is his only option if he wants to escape certain death. His chosen path is risky and arduous, but he encounters five "guardian angels" along the way. Eventually Turjman arrives in a place that he did not seek, where he is able to plant his jasmine again. Jad Turjman describes his escape with unparalleled intensity and sharp humour, subjecting the reader to a roller-coaster of emotions. Breathtaking.